March 19, 2017

Classic Mashed Potatoes

Classic Mashed Potatoes: a delicious, creamy side dish for any piece of meat or fish. This dish is a must at every major event!

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This is a Ukrainian Classic Mashed Potatoes recipe my family had always been making back in Ukraine and now here in USA. All you need is 4 ingredients and you’ve got a delicious side dish for your table. When my family gets together, our party isn’t complete without some mashed potatoes. It’s always some kind of meat, mashed potatoes, salads and desserts. 

Oh and I have to tell you…these must be gold potatoes, otherwise no one really wants to eat it. I know a lot of people use russet potatoes for mashed potatoes recipes, but in our family if we see white mashed potatoes, we don’t “go for it”. Mashed potatoes are great to go with any meatballs, ribs, kebabs – you name it. You can also use leftover for doughnuts and different versions of pancakes by filling with meats or veggies. I’m also a huge fan of heating it the next day until it gets that crispy, burned look in it…mmm it’s so tasty…

Mashed Potatoes Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs uncooked gold potatoes (8 large)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks/8 oz) (salted ok too, but add less salt)
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt – or to taste
  • water to cook potatoes in

How to Make Mashed Potatoes:

1. Peel and wash 4 lbs gold potatoes. Cut potatoes into quarters, so these are similar in size and put them into a pot. Sprinkle with 1 tsp fine salt and add cold water, just enough to cover the potatoes. Cover pot with lid, bring the water to boil and cook for 15-20 minutes on low heat (3-4) until tender (you can insert dull knife to check if it goes in smoothly).

2. Remove cooked potatoes from heat and drain well, by holding pot with pot holders on both sides and at the same time press lid with your thumbs leaving about 1/2″ inch opening for water to come out. Flip the pot upside down until all the water comes out.

3. Mash the potatoes with potato masher until smooth. Melt 8 oz unsalted butter in microwave and microwave 1 cup 2% milk for 1 minute until hot, but not boiling. Add the melted butter into pot with mashed potatoes and mash it again until it absorbs butter. Then add in hot milk and continue mashing until it’s all smooth and all milk is absorbed. Lastly, season with addition 1 tsp of salt or to taste. Serve hot or wrap pot with ready mashed potatoes in coats or towels to keep it warm until ready to serve. Enjoy!!

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Classic Mashed Potatoes

5 from 9 votes
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Classic Mashed Potatoes: a delicious, creamy side dish for any piece of meat or fish.

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs uncooked gold potatoes 8 large
  • 1 cup unsalted butter 2 sticks/8 oz (salted ok too, but add less salt)
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 2 teaspoons salt – or to taste
  • water to cook potatoes in

Instructions

  1. Peel and wash 4 lbs gold potatoes. Cut potatoes into quarters, so these are similar in size and put them into a pot. Sprinkle with 1 tsp fine salt and add cold water, just enough to cover the potatoes. Cover pot with lid, bring the water to boil and cook for 15-20 minutes on low heat (3-4) until tender (you can insert dull knife to check if it goes in smoothly).
  2. Remove cooked potatoes from heat and drain well, by holding pot with pot holders on both sides and at the same time press lid with your thumbs leaving about 1/2" inch opening for water to come out. Flip the pot upside down until all the water comes out.
  3. Mash the potatoes with potato masher until smooth. Melt 8 oz unsalted butter in microwave and microwave 1 cup 2% milk for 1 minute until hot, but not boiling. Add the melted butter into pot with mashed potatoes and mash it again until it absorbs butter. Then add in hot milk and continue mashing until it’s all smooth and all milk is absorbed. Lastly, season with addition 1 tsp of salt or to taste. Serve hot or wrap pot with ready mashed potatoes in coats or towels to keep it warm until ready to serve. Enjoy!!

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  • Marissa Mayduk

    These mashed potatoes were a huge hit at our Christmas family gathering. So easy, creamy and everyone enjoyed it so much! Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you for the wonderful review, Marissa! I’m so happy to hear you and your family enjoyed this recipe! 🙂

  • Izzy

    Can I mash the potatoes with mixer? I saw some people do that but I never tried it myself.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Hi Izzy! I know people do that as well and you can if you want to, but I never do that. Just keep in mind, when you mix with mixer, you’re letting all that hot steam out and your mashed potatoes will get cold and stale a lot faster. You might consider keeping it in preheated oven at low temperature to keep it hot for longer.

  • Guandolope

    This is our favorite way to enjoy mashed potatoes from day one we saw your recipe. It’s easy and delicious every time. We used to cook it with russet potatoes, but gold are so much more delicious.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s wonderful, Guandolope! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

  • Sydnye Barkins

    These are so easy and so amazing. I’ve tried many mashed potato recipes over the decades and this is the best. They come out creamy and so tasty. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe, Olga!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s wonderful, Sydnye! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

  • Amber

    The most delicious mashed potatoes; they were creamy, silky and delicious. I love the use of the butter and milk. Thank you for sharing this quick and easy recipe. The potatoes were perfect served with grilled chicken and beef.

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing this wonderful review, Amber!

  • Elaine

    This potatoes are so delicious and the leftovers always work great for other recipes, like your mashed potatoes donuts. Yum!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thank you for sharing that with us, Elaine! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this recipe :)!

  • Cassie Wilson

    The very best mashed potatoes we ever had!!! So easy to make and creamy. Our dinner was magnificent tonight, thanks to you!! 🙂

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Thanks Cassie, I’m happy to hear you enjoyed this mashed potatoes recipe! 🙂

  • Lucida

    This classic, simple mashed potatoes dish is the best I’ve tried. We’ve always made with cheese and had leftovers that weren’t really delicious next day, but your recipe is still amazing the next day AND I’ve made your mashed potatoes doughnuts with leftovers. It was a win-win. This recipe is a keeper!!

    • Olga in the Kitchen

      Lucida, thank you for a beautiful review 🙂

  • Susan

    These are the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever tasted. So creamy and just incredible. I can’t stop making it.

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